Thought we could talk about questions or decisions about newborn procedures. This can vary from hospital to birth center to home births. Anyone do oral K over the injection?
I'm planning to home birth, and we will probably get the K shot, though I'll talk to DH and my midwife about the oral. My DD had a hematoma and for some reason in my post -birth fog, I declined the shot and DH wasn't there. I sort of wish my midwife said, remember that bump she got, she might benefit from it. It grew, remained non-dangerous, but it didn't begin to go down until I got her the shot at the second trip to the pedi, at 10 days. So this time, I *know* DH will want to have it given out of fear of that happening again, even if the baby doesn't *really* need it. I don't feel compelled to really fight on it (vs something like circ or hep B) but do think he'd be fine with the oral dose.
Anyway, anyone already have this all figured out with all the other stuff? Maybe haven't thought about it yet? The various items I can think of, and feel free to add others, include:
1. Delayed bath or not (my doula just wrote a great article on this)
2. eye goop - refusing, receiving, or delaying
3. circumcision - refusing or allowing
4. Hep B vaccine - refusing, receiving or delaying till later pedi visit
5. Vit K shot - refusing, receiving, opting for oral
I don't know every state's rules, but so far, NY & TX are the only states I know of where you get major trouble if you refuse the eye goop (ie CPS being called). It might be law in other states, but it can still be refused by signed consent.
Evidence based birth has a good article on the eye goop, I can link if anyone is interested.
We refuse all of the above except what I said about Vit K. I don't have STDs, so the eye goop isn't relevant. I know in recent times, hospitals have expanded the intent of the goop to cover general infections beyond the two STDs it addresses. but I'm uncomfortable with that and am not worried about what my babies get passing through the birth canal.